Filmmaking, to me is a delicate process that requires balance in all aspects. The number one goal is to tell a story, and to tell it well. Filmmaking adds a visual medium in storytelling and beauty that no other form of art creates. In making a film, I'm a firm believer in making it look beautiful, because without an aesthetic, I may as well read you a story. Filmmaking has brought to me everlasting partnerships and memories that I wouldn't trade for anything. The process is tiresome and excruciating, but the end product is worth it every time. Seeing a well-curated film play out by your direction is a quintessential example of why I love what I do and how delicate the slightest of change in anything is, and how it impacts and manipulates the emotions of the viewer.
Rahul founded the company in July of 2013. He's made several since 2012 and has gotten enough traction from generous backers to invest in enough equipment and resources to make the films possible on a yearly basis.
Sean Phelan // Co-Owner and Asst. Director and DOP
When the world looks to cinematic motion picture for an escape to a distant life of character and theme, we notice the personal connection between elements so easily missed throughout day to day interaction. Film making is a passion of mine that has given me a lifetime of opportunity to learn, express, and above all connect with varying audiences and partakers of the same craft. After being introduced to film only three years ago, I immediately fell in love with each aspect it brought to life on the big screen. I have been very fortunate to work with an amazing group of crew members and actors whom I rightfully consider to be part of my own immediate family. I have learned so much from what I love, and I could never see myself learning all that there is to know about film making or acting. I live my life by believing in the dreams I can accomplish, no matter how distant or impossible they may seem. At the end of the day, that belief is the only motivation capable of pushing me to fight day in and day out for what I believe in.
"You got a dream, you gotta protect it. People can't do something themselves, they wanna tell you that you can't do it. You want something? Go get it. Period." - Will Smith (The Pursuit of Happyness)
How Far We've Come: Actor (Aaron)
Brugato/48 Hour: Producer, Actor (Blake)/ Actor (Mykal)
Sean was brought onto the team in 2013. His starting role was Aaron in How Far We've come. Since then, he has rapidly become an essential member on set. Without him and his support, films would not be made to the caliber they are today. He is essentially one of the reasons we do what we do.
Andrew Garcia // Writer and Crew
Ever since I was six years old I wanted to direct movies. When I was eight I got my first video camera and have been making amateur films since then. When I got to college I decided to study film, and fell in love with screenwriting. It became a way for me to write down all the film ideas I have in my head that I hope to make one day. I'm planning to work up to directing my own pieces of work. I hope to become a writer/director, but I love the job of coming up with story ideas for films to make.
Film has always been a part of my life. I've always loved watching great directors, especially the indie crowd from the 90s'. From Tarantino to the Coen Brothers, and Paul Thomas Anderson to Robert Rodriguez. I love the films where people are shown in the shadows of society, navigating through the urban landscape of the American city.
2015 Shots/48 Hour: Writer, Actor, PA
Anand Macherla // Executive and Logistics
To enter a world that isn't our own. To host the thoughts and ideas of someone who we might never meet. To feel our own deepest desires and darkest thoughts. That's why I do film.
Titanic: Actor (Cal)
How Far We've Come: Actor (Kasey)
Brugato: Actor (Jackson), Co-Producer
Hye Jin Park // Actress and Crew
As a child growing up in the racial minority group in the US, I was constantly doubtful of the standards of beauty. However, with the limitless opportunities of film and acting, I, with the wonderful crew, feel a sense of freedom to express a different kind of beauty, a kind of beauty that can only be established from the work of our crew. With film, I get to develop a different artistic side of myself. Acting, in essence, is a very ‘human’ way for me to pursue my artistic desires, as it has helped me tap into the various kinds of human emotions and actions, and how these factors affect the ways people think and behave. I still have lots to learn about film and acting, but with all the possibilities filming brings to my life, I feel boundless. I love and enjoy building the connection that film brings to the audience and the director’s message. Getting to see the product of the brilliant minds and the hard workers behind each film is a thrilling and purely satisfying journey.
Brugato: Actress (Girl at Bar)
2015 Shorts/48 Hour: Extra/PA
Christina Gopal // Actress & Producer
Originally from Chicago, IL, I trained in acting in high school. At that time, Latinos were not very popular in entertainment. I went on to earn a diploma in nursing and worked in cardiology for several years. After my first son was born, I found an audition for my favorite play “Much Ado About Nothing” and since I was a stay-at-home mom, I decided to audition. I was cast in two roles.
Shortly after we relocated to Albuquerque for my husband’s new job (He’s a Radiation Oncologist at MD Anderson Cancer Center at Presbyterian). Since 2010 I’ve worked as a background artist and nurtured my two son’s acting careers. Once agents hired them, I decided to focus a little more on my own passion for acting. Sol Acting Academy has been a key part of all of our growth and achievements as actors. Not to mention the wonderful film and theatre community in the Albuquerque area. There are so many people who have helped and supported us I can’t even mention them all, but I want to express our gratitude. It’s fantastic!
2015 Shorts/48 Hour: Actress (Schizophrenic)
Alex Baldomar // Actor
Being born and raised in NYC I was drawn to the film and theater scene almost immediately. At a young age I was in Acting/singing/dance lessons as a part of my normal routine like little league and ice hockey. Shooting student/regular films, doing Off Broadway. Performing in professional children's choirs. Going to performing arts schools was all I knew. Upon moving to New Mexico during my high school years I was involved in the film industry as a working backgrounder and stand in for many films before taking a hiatus for a bit.
After many years in the monotony of being trained with nowhere to go essentially I started to question where I'm at. Upon awesome advice from a good friend of mine who is a working actor. "Get back into indies! It's the purest aspect of film I've ever found" Now I can not wait to create more. Keep it burning and be a motivator. Too many people lose their way in this industry to become mean and jaded. I'm here to prove that it's just a bad option.
2015 Shorts/48 Hour: Actor (Fred)
Jonathan Chisdes // Actor
Film defines us. Film reflects us. Film helps us understand our world and ourselves. Film shows us where we’ve been, where we are, and where we may be going. Film enriches; film inspires; film challenges. And what could be more fulfilling than to be a part of this creative process!
After spending more than a decade in the critique and analysis of film, I am excited to now be assisting in the creation of film. I feel so blessed to have found a group of filmmakers like Insignis to work with. They encourage and inspire me to excel.
2015 Shorts/48 Hour: Actor (Dad)/Actor (Psychiatrist)
Jeff Poole // Actor
Being a fledgling actor allows me to interact with people who are trying to express creative ideas. And go to good parties, and hang out with interesting people. Sometimes people who are crazy, but hey, you have to be crazy to be in this business. Acting pushes and challenges me. It can be very scary, and that's a good thing. We should all do something that scares us once a day if we can. It keeps us alive. I remember watching a scene with Billy Crudup in the movie "Waking the Dead." He has a nervous breakdown in a long unedited cut. It was so unnerving, that I was left in stunned shock, and admiration at his fearlessness in doing that scene. And how it must have left him emotionally spent after doing it. I wanted to do that. One of the first epiphanies I had about acting that helped me to at least start moving to that goal was on the first day of my first acting class. We were being interviewed on camera by the instructor as one of the exercises in class. We were asked "Why do you want to be an actor?" A woman named Valerie Moore's response was, "I think it would be such a kick to be in front of the camera. It will be fun. And if you're not going to have fun, why are you doing it?" A simple observation, but her demeanor, enthusiasm, and genuineness when expressing the idea, drove it home to me. I may stress a part, or audition, but once I get in front of a camera, I no longer worry about how my performance will be perceived. I'm having fun. Except occasionally when I view the results afterwards! Acting, film, the visual arts, allows anyone involved to not only express themselves through their actions, whether it be in front of or behind the camera, it produces something that can move or inspire people. Or just make them forget about their troubles for a short time. I guess I just love film. I love great films, and sometimes, I even enjoy "it blowed up real good" types of movies. Anyone out there need an action star in his 50's?
2015 Shorts/48 Hour: Actor (Boss)/Actor (Patient)
Casey Rathjen // Actress
I feel there is great importance in doing things that feed our souls! When we do this we affect people in an authentic way. The times we inspire people are the times we are being most true to ourselves. The irony of bringing the truth when acting is honoring of both the character and audience. The opportunity to learn from all people that play very significant roles to produce something that will touch someone, is such a gift in which I am so very grateful to be part of. To be acting is feeding a part my soul, I just love it
2015 Shorts: Actress (Mom)
Bloodlines: Actress (Mom)
Tyler Kurtz // Actor
I love film for millions of reasons! One of them being: the excitement and passion that resonates from everyone that you're working with. The acting high is contagious and it's so exciting to get caught up in the moment with people that you love working with. Another reason would be just seeing the whole group come together to create a final production. It's like a bunch of worker ants coming together to make tunnels to show at worker ant festivals or worker ant social media sites.
Acting is absolutely addicting for me. I remember my first ever experience with any sort of acting was in my elementary school play involving the song, "Yankee Doodle Dandy." I only really remember it because I tucked my shirt into my underwear and left it like that all night. Regardless of my clothing malfunction, I created a love for performing that I was unable to pursue until some time ago. I eagerly look forward to what the future may hold for me as well as the wonderful people I've worked with.
Crepusculum: Young Couple
Alex Gopal // Actor
I love film because I can express myself. Film gives me the chance to be someone totally different and do things totally different. Insignis gave me the opportunity to experience what it would be like to enter an abandoned building. I felt the thrill and suspense it was fun. Then CUT and I was back on set with my friends having fun. I look forward to more roles and experiences. Thank you Mr. Rahul, Mr. Sean, and the Insignis Cast & Crew!
Olivia DeLoach // Actress
I've always loved acting, but what I like best about film is you can take the same scene and do it a bunch of different ways and get input from the director as you go to support the vision of the film. I love pretending to be different people and imagining what their facial expressions would look like and how they would sound, based on what I know about their personalities. I love meeting new people, making lots of new friends and working with old friends. Every experience is a learning experience and I can't wait to learn some more!
Carolyn Wright // Actress
Carolyn Wright has lived and worked in Santa Fe, NM since 1981. Early on, her photography business kept her working on the edges of the budding movie industry in New Mexico, and later, she became involved in acting. The last couple of years have seen her move more fully into an acting career with numerous projects including AMC’s Better Call Saul, the 2015 48 Hour Film Project, NM Film Insights, and more. She is thrilled to be able to be part of the New Mexico film industry, and is looking forward to future projects!
Tiffany Neeley // Talent
Tiffany's passion for acting has mostly been lived through her love of the Theatre! Her experience with acting started with the dream of becoming a professional singer. She participated in choir ever since the 5th grade, but was singing long before. The stage introduced itself in college when she became a member of the Performing Arts Club. The program gave birth to many Musical and Stage productions that led to her true love of Acting. She went on to run the club and produce and perform in many productions...one that even landed her an all expense paid trip to New York where she performed for the United Nations and the La Mama Theatre. Tiffany has always been interested in Film Acting, but up until this year she has only done background work. She is fresh out of the Sol Acting Academy 6 month intensive course and ready for some action!
Shad Adair // Actor & Producer
Filmmaking is my second career. Ok, maybe a third or fourth. The most important point here is that I believe I discovered my calling after years of successfully working in other professions. I wake up every day looking forward to the opportunity to grow as a filmmaker. Each day brings a new opportunity to step in front of camera or put together the intrictate details of a film project. As a filmmaker, I believe my first duty is to give a voice to others who might otherwise not be heard and to create stories that educate and entertain. Filmmaking provides a platform to leave stories and memories for future generations and to explore aspects of our humanity that would otherwise be ignored. Most of all, filmmaking provides me an opportunity to collaborate with the most interesting, engaging, and passionate people I’ve ever encountered.
Alaina Warren Zachary // Talent
ALAINA WARREN ZACHARY is crazy passionate about film and television and has been a professional actor for over 45 years, relocating to New Mexico from New York nearly 10 years ago. She was a New York theatre actor with 3 major original Broadway shows and scores of Off Broadway, Regional and summer stock credits as well as hundreds of TV and radio commercials.
The climate - and I do mean that emotionally - is so lovely for creating supportive relationships in our industry. And friendship brings work and work brings friendships. And so it goes.
I am particulaly proud of the recent film and tv projects I've been so fortunate to be a part of: Marla (comic lead ) in Abe Makes a Movie directed by Ryan Turri and starring Matt Peterson. Also featured roles in Better Call Saul, The NIght Shift, and Graves with Nick Nolte. Alas, my role in Longmire disappeared before it aired.... Recent indie films include a plum featured role Dee (the Mom) in Two Years of Love, directed by Thadd Turner. And a small wacky role in Phil Hughes and Jen Daugherty's award- winning Merry Maids of Madness. TV projects include Maureen (Mo) in Specter Realty written and directed by Clint Hicks. I loved playing Grandma in my first 48HFF !
The most exciting project is always the next one and the chance to do something wacky, different, subtle and surprising! A surprising turn of events was writing my first feature screenplay These Broken Wings, a rom com with a twist, which took first place in the Tale Writer's Screenwriting Competition last fall in New Mexico.
Everyone Else // Pre 2015
Daniel Zhang (Actor, Titanic) //Ally Teel (Actress, Titanic)
Jason Savath (Actor Titanic) // Andrea Graham (Actress, Brugato)